Get Smart: Enter To Win The HGTV Smart Home Located in Nashville

HGTV Smart Home Living Room

The open and spacious den in the HGTV Smart Home located here in Nashville. Love the vaulted ceilings!

Happy Tuesday (that feels like a Monday)! How was your weekend? We enjoyed some sunshine and downtime, my two favorite ways to wile away a three-day weekend. We had a major scare with our sweet elder dog Jack Saturday so we stayed close to home. He’s fine now but at 15+ his health is starting to decline. We’re just thankful we still have him and that we were home Saturday to rush him to the vet. Kudos to my level-headed hubby.

One of the best things about living in Nashville is it’s a mecca for cool happenings. As a blogger I am fortunate to get an insider’s view of some of these happenings and last week I was invited to tour the 2014 HGTV Smart Home. This house is literally less than 15 minutes from my office ya’ll. I AM SO ENTERING TO WIN IT DAILY. At three stories, it’s a very livable house as the main living space is all on the ground floor (master bedroom and bath, kitchen, living room, utility room, and garage.) I also love the two outdoor spaces. There is a lovely deck off the main living room and a covered porch off the basement with built-in seating. Could I imagine sitting out on the porch in the evening enjoying a glass of wine? Oh yes I could.


Here’s a 90-second tour of this amazing high-tech, yet cozy, English cottage style home.

And now for some pics from the official press release…


Dining Room HGTV Smart Home

Upon entering the home, the first room you’ll see to the left is this gorgeous formal dining room slash office, although I’m a messy desk kind of girl and I’d probably set up office space in the very cool downstairs basement of this home, which actually offers a good bit of natural light.

HGTV Smart Home Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is located immediately to the right as you enter the home. I love the peaceful neutral tones and I have almost the exact same sunburst mirror in our home! The touches of blue are nice and I love the graphic window treatments.

HGTV Smart Home Kitchen

The gorgeous open kitchen space. To the left (outside of the photo) is a wonderful built-in cabinet with a coffee area, which I love.

Kids Bedroom HGTV Smart Home

Love the kid’s bedroom, which is located upstairs. My girls were especially excited about the built-in twin bed space, perfect for sleepovers, and may or may not have started fighting about whose room this would be, should we win.

Basement bathroom at the HGTV Smart Home 2014 located in Nashville, TN

I love this cozy upstairs seating area located between the kid’s bedroom and the guest bedroom. I can envision many a popcorn and movie night in this space, not to mention some Wii U action.

Basement HGTV Smart Home

The basement is definitely not what I think of when I envision basement! It’s fun, funky, and inviting. The two sofas in this space open up to beds. How cool is this “stage?” I love the snack bar area, too. If you look in the far left corner you’ll catch a glimpse of the in-home gym.

Five Decorating Tips from HGTV Smart Home in Nashville

5 Takeaways From the 2014 HGTV Smart Home in Nashville

Use local artwork – The walls of the 2014 HGTV Smart Home are warmly decorated with area artists, which pays homage to the many talented artisans in our area. Plus this can be a much more budget friendly option (not to mention it will add an eclectic vibe to your decor.)

Paint a chalkboard checklist  – The basement gym of the HGTV Smart Home features a cool chalkboard wall with a painted grid for tracking workouts. You could take this idea into almost any room. How about bucket list wall for a play room or a chore grid in a utility room?

Use stripes to accent a wall – The upstairs kid’s bedroom (see pic above) features a neutral 3D wall of painted wooden boards but you could easily recreate the look by painting horizontal stripes in coordinating theme colors on one wall to recreate the look.

Search Etsy for unusual accessories – The basement music theme area has awesome upcycled 45 records as “bowls.” You can find these on Etsy. Love this Johnny Cash bowl!

Go green with succulents – I noticed several hearty and unusual succulent plants in the HGTV Smart Home. They are easy to grow (hurrah) and if you search Pinterest you’ll find lots of lovely and unusual ideas. Check out this post from Life in ATX.

For more great photos of the HGTV Smart Home located right here in my hometown of Nashville, check out this post from Unskinny Boppy and this one from Southern Hospitality. They toured the home in April as part of a special home decor tour.

The Nashville HGTV Smart Home, built by Carbine & Associates, is part of a total grand prize package valued at over $1 million. Not only will one lucky winner receive the house and all its furnishings, which are gorgeous,, but the prize package includes a 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (which I caught a glimpse of in the two-car garage) and $100,000 courtesy of Quicken Loans. Holy prize value!

You can enter once at and once at daily and can sign up for daily email reminders. Check out for official rules. Local Nashville PR firm Forest Home Media handled the PR for an April blogger tour. Check out their post!

Have you entered to win?






Champions for Kids: Help End Hunger in Your Community Schools

Disclosure: I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Did you know that today more children than ever before get free or reduced price school breakfast? That’s 9.8 million kids. Even more startling to me, is that 10.6 million eligible kids go completely without breakfast during the school week. I can’t imagine my girls trying to learn and study on an empty stomach. Hunger has a huge effect on a child’s school performance; 9 out of 10 teachers say having a healthy breakfast is a key to academic achievement.

I wasn’t familiar with Champions for Kids and their SIMPLE Giving program in conjunction with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods, but it’s as easy as visiting your local Walmart while you’re out shopping for your family, purchasing breakfast foods, and then donating them to help provide a nutritious start to the day for children in your local schools.

I’ve traveled half way around the world to Kenya to speak with school children in the slums who often go without breakfast so it’s hard for me to believe that there are children in my own community who go without something as basic as breakfast. The Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving program is such a great community service project to share with your kids. Here in Middle Tennessee there are several area participating Walmart stores, such as those in Nashville, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro.

It can be overwhelming when we think of need in our communities and we aren’t sure just where to start. Sometimes we can become resigned to think that small efforts don’t make a difference. Champions for Kids is a champion of spreading the word that helping others does not have to come in large doses. Instead, Champions for Kids seeks to ignite generational change by fostering a “habit of giving” among youth and parents in America.

How can you help? Simply purchase and donate breakfast food items at your local participating Walmart now  through May 5. Place your items in the purple donation bins at the front of the store after checkout. All of the food donations go to children in the local store district so this is a great way to give back to your local community and demonstrate to your children the importance of giving back. The school district that collects the most donated items from a single Walmart store in its division will also receive $10,000 from Champions for Kids. And the school district that collects the most donations from a Walmart store in its region will receive $1,000 from Champions for Kids. For a full list of participating stores and official rules click here.

Walmart Simple Giving Program

Champions for Kids #SIMPLEGiving Twitter Party

The Motherhood is joining Champions for Kids along with Kellogg Company and Diamond Foods for a Twitter party Thursday, April 24 to spread the word about a simple way we can help ensure that kids in our communities enjoy a nutritious breakfast that will help them stay focused in school! I’ve teamed up with several other bloggers to co-host the party where you’ll learn more about this great program and helping your community, as well as have the chance to win some fun prizes, such as a Walmart gift card.

During the party we’ll be sharing more ways to give in our communities, including Champions For Kids’ Simple Services Projects. Simple Service Projects are easy ways for people to help the kids in their own community through four easy steps—Gather, Learn, Give and Share!

When: Thursday, April 24, at Noon CST

Where: Twitter! Follow the #SIMPLEGiving hashtag to track the conversation. You can read the details and RSVP via this link:

Hashtag: #SIMPLEGiving

Prizes: Five prizes will be given to randomly selected participants who answer the trivia questions correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Walmart gift card.

Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, and @EmilyMcKhann

Sponsor: @Champions4Kids

Will I see you at the party?

Nashville: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus Pass Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free tickets for the circus in exchange for this promotional post.

This giveaway is closed! Congrats to Wendy, Rebecca F., Keith Overby, Steve N. and Becca. Please check your email!

It’s January which means the Greatest Show on Earth is headed to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena!

Once again I am excited to offer tickets to give away to my readers so you can share this fun experience with their families. We took our girls to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for the first time three years ago when they were just 8 and 5 and it’s now a tradition that my girls look forward to, not to mention that going to the circus is a special outing I recall from my own childhood. There’s just something exciting about heading downtown to see such amazing performances and talent all under one roof.

Circus Pic My girls in 2011 getting ready to see the Greatest Show on Earth!

Speaking of talent, the Ringling Bros. YouTube channel features several behind-the-scenes videos. This one is a favorite of my 8-year-old, who loves gymnastics. I’ve always been fascinated at the intense training and endurance that the circus performers must be dedicated to in order to keep up the level of professionalism of Ringling Bros.

I’m giving away FIVE family four-packs of ticket vouchers. Five lucky Middle Tennessee area readers will have the chance to see the Built to Amaze production at Bridgestone Arena Jan. 24-26. There are several show times to choose from, making it easy to fit into your busy schedule.

Ringling Brothers Circus Nashville

Here’s the official announcement from Ringling Bros. (can you believe this is the 143rd edition?!):

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ®  Presents Built To Amaze!℠ , the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show On Earth. Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over the top feats of strength, agility and courage. As the momentum builds so does the anticipation, anything can happen when Ringling Bros. Presents Built To Amaze!

Circus performers from across the globe create the perfect blend of athleticism and bravery, where power meets fearlessness and amazement has no bounds.  Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance.

Celebrate the tradition TODAY and experience it’s modern flare of twists and turns where excitement and suspense are so intense you’ll be tempted to cover your eyes. From the blueprints to the band, the crates to the clowns, the hammer to the high wire, witness the spectacle as we measure out the perfect mix of marvel and majesty in an imagination equation where the impossible comes to life. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what your favorite part of the circus is. I always love seeing the amazing animal performers, especially the elephants, lions, and dogs. If that’s not enough to entice you, don’t forget this is your excuse to eat cotton candy and funnel cakes because you know you’d be a jerk NOT TO…wink. For up to four additional entries (please leave a new and separate comment on this post for each of these you do):

  • Let me know if you are a fan of BlondeMomBlog on Facebook

  • Let me know if you are a fan of Ringling Bros. on Facebook

  • Follow BlondeMomBlog on Twitter

  • Follow Ringling Bros. on Twitter

I’ll select a winner from all eligible comments using; giveaway closes at midnight CST Monday, January 20. Please do not enter if you will not be able to use these tickets for the Nashville show.

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